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Medical Marijuana: Will Kalamazoo, Michigan, OK Kush?

Medical Marijuana: Will Kalamazoo, Michigan, OK Kush?

In November, voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., will decide whether to allow prescription pot shops in their city.

As detailed on MLive.com, Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson confirmed that the measure -- originally submitted in August 2011 -- will be on the ballot this fall.

There originally had been uncertainty, Robinson said, as other medical marijuana court decisions in the state might have impacted its legal viability.

Those cases are still being decided in the state's courts.

However, Michigan statute still allows for this proposed municipal legislation to make its way onto the ballot via petition process.

Since the measure got enough signatures, voters can decide it themselves.

Why so much confusion, you might ask?

The question at hand is similar to the ongoing conflict in California. There, city and state officials are trying to figure out how to handle federal law, -- which prohibits cannabis -- in the context of state law -- which permits it for medical purposes.

So, even though the proposal might be unlawful by federal standards, voters in that Michigan city still seem have a right to decide on it.

Want to read more about weed? Then check out the Voice's extensive coverage of cannabis!

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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